Big Opportunity For Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi

Shola Ameobi played 20 times for the England U-21 side with 7 goals, but it looks like he has a chance now to play for Nigeria in next summer’s World Cup in South Africa.


Shola Ameobi – chance to play for Nigeria in World Cup

The 6′ 2″ striker was born in Zaria, Nigeria in 1981, but if Nigeria qualify for the World Cup Shola could be there with the,

A FIFA change of rules just a couple of months ago would allow Shola to qualify and Nigerian coach Amodu Shuaibu admitted yesterday it is a rule they will look to exploit if they reach South Africa.

As we heard yesterday other Nigerian target could be Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha and Hamburg’s Dennis Aogo would be other likely targets.

Amodu said:

“We have sent word to Nedum to see if he will be interested,” “We will get new players but first we have to qualify.”

Nigeria play Tunisia in Abuja tomorrow, and they will go top of their group B with a win. After 3 qualifying games so far, Tunisia has 7 points to the Super Eagles 5.

The winners of the five African qualifying groups, plus a second-placed side with the best record, will reach the World Cup.

If this happens and Shola plays next summer in th FIFA World Cup, that would be great. But that will only happen if Shola keeps banging in those goals, like he was doing earlier this season, before his unfortunate foot injury .

If Shola can do that what would be a better story than a local lad, who’s had his criticisms over the years, firing Newcastle to promotion at the first attempt.

If Shola can do that he will be a local hero – for sure.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • alkinou

    Sep 5, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ve always heard of him that he’s just a good championship player (when we were still in the PL). He proved that he’s a very good championship player.
    But IF we get promoted can he prove us that he’s a good Premier league player?

  • Dan4Toon

    Sep 5, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #2

    why ayee, go on Shola son!

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 5, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed // ‘The 6? 2? striker was born in Zaria, Nigeria in 1091, ‘

    He’s sure looking good for a 918 year old bloke, but at that age we must accept he will pick up the occasional injury and suffer sporadic memory loss in font of goal…

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #4


  • Alex

    Sep 5, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #5

    some how i could not see him being picked in front of Oba Martins or Everton s Yakubu for Nigeria , but go on Shola if you get the chance grab it

  • Ericles

    Sep 5, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Hope he gets the chance – even if it is understudying Martins and Yakubu. After all Nigeria will need some 22 players in South Africa if they qualify.

  • Mr Books

    Sep 5, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #7

    I know the Africans are sometimes a little vague about their age, but hell Shola’s looking really good for 900+ 🙂

  • Bill F

    Sep 5, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #8

    I suppose with a little bit more maturity he could settle down and become very good when he reaches 1000.

  • OHurley

    Sep 5, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Oba Obafem
    Oba Obafem
    Oba Obafem
    Obafemi Martins

    21 or 28?
    21 or 28?
    21 or 28?

    Sorry, had to say that with the last comment about Nigerian’s ages being ambiguous. Which my Nigerian m8 ower here says is completely true. I thinks Oba is actually more like 30 lol!

  • harry861

    Sep 5, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #10

    All I can say that Nigeria must be desperate to play him. He’s one of the worst centre forward that has played for Newcastle United.
    He’s managed a few goals this season but that’s novelty for him. In total how many goals has he scored for Newcastle Against the number of games he’s played

  • Oba

    Sep 5, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Nigeria won’t even qualify for the World Cup.


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